Briefing

WB/IMF roles

Analysis

Partnerships For Development: A New World Bank Approach

The World Bank has produced a discussion paper, Partnership for Development: Proposed Actions for the World Bank, which presents a strategy for building ownership into the development process, developing partnerships between donors to fund government designed programmes and to make more effective use of aid resources (1998).

14 June 2000 | Briefing

Private Sector

Analysis

The IFC’s Beyond 2000 Strategy Paper: Missing the Point

Short note outlining concerns about the International Finance Corporation’s attempt to redefine its strategy. The new strategy ducks the key issue of how the IFC can use its leverage to improve companies’ social and environmental peformance. (February 1998)

14 June 2000 | Briefing

Private Sector

Analysis

The World Bank and the Private Sector

Explains and examines the World Bank Group’s approach to supporting private investment in developing countries through privatisation, guarantees and lending. Outlines critical perspectives on whether the Bank’s strategy will lead to poverty reduction and sustainable development (March 1997).

14 June 2000 | Briefing

Conditionality

Analysis

The ABC of the PRSP

An introduction to the new Bank and Fund Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers.

14 June 2000 | Briefing

IFI governance

Analysis

The World Bank And The State: A Recipe For Change?

Bretton Woods Project-commissioned riposte to the World Bank’s World Development Report, The State in a Changing World. (March 1998).

14 June 2000 | Briefing

WB/IMF roles

Analysis

Blind Leading The Blind: Capital Account Liberalisation And The Role Of The IMF

In the light of the financial crisis in South East Asia and the traumur this brought to many people’s lives in the region it was anticipated that the executive directors of the international monetary fund would discuss a proposal to extend the IMF’s articles of agreement so that it can pursue capital account liberalisation in member countries.

14 June 2000 | Briefing

Knowledge

Analysis

World Development reports: The Preparation Process

The World Bank’s World Development reports are written and marketed giving the impression that they convey broadly held views and contain objective research. Many civil society organisations feel, however, that they are selective and biased and that the Bank sees them largely as a tool for self-promotion and self-justification. Outlines proposals for clarifying and improving this situation (April 1998).

14 June 2000 | Briefing

Finance

Analysis

Preface: “Drowning By Numbers”

This paper considers whether private sector flows is an effective alternative to development assistance. It examines the implications of increased private sector inflows in terms of the potential to create unsustainable debt burdens and to tie the hands of policy makers to a limited set of policies critical for foreign investors but potentially detrimental to the domestic economy.

14 June 2000 | Briefing

Conditionality

Analysis

A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

In January 1999, Wolfensohn revealed the Comprehensive Development Framework, which frames his agenda for the Bank. This is a short examination of some of the issues raised by this announcement (July 1999).

14 June 2000 | Briefing

Finance

Analysis

Drowning By Numbers - Executive Summary

This paper considers whether private sector flows is an effective alternative to development assistance. It examines the implications of increased private sector inflows in terms of the potential to create unsustainable debt burdens and to tie the hands of policy makers to a limited set of policies critical for foreign investors but potentially detrimental to the domestic economy.

14 June 2000 | Briefing

Conditionality

Analysis

The IMF’s Final Frontier? Assessing “Second Generation” Reforms

The “second generation” reforms are aimed at implementing policies for the common good, particularly social policies that will help to alleviate poverty and provide more equal opportunity. It would appear that the IMF views itself no longer as simply an institution to achieve macroeconomic stabilisation objectives but is focused much more on structural issues, issues which have previously been the remit of the World Bank (1997).

14 June 2000 | Briefing

Knowledge

Analysis

The power of World Bank knowledge

For the enormous power and global reach the World Bank has today, relatively little formal debate exists on one critical aspect of its practices - the production of knowledge.

25 May 2000 | Briefing